Melanie Pappadis Faranello

West Hartford, CT 06119

Author's Bio

Melanie Pappadis Faranello received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from University of Colorado. She has worked as a teaching artist bringing creative writing to at-risk youth, teens, and seniors in the community. She has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching English, creative writing, and ESL at a variety of colleges in New York City and Chicago including University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, American Academy of the Arts, Parsons School of Design. She studied in Nepal and her field research project, collecting and translating oral folklore of the Limbu people of Northeast Nepal, was published by Pilgrims Publishing (Limbu Folklore: a collection of oral folklore and photographs). She also spent a year teaching English in Cuenca, Ecuador. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as received a variety of mentions including winner of The New School’s Chapbook Award Series in Fiction, and a top twenty-five winner in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest. Her novel manuscript was a finalist in Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, and a semi-finalist in The Dana Awards for The Novel and the Whidbey Writers Novel Contest. She has attended Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Sewanee Writers' Conference, and was awarded a residency from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Originally from Chicago, she created the Chicago branch of NYC's Sunday Salon--"Sunday Salon Chicago". She currently lives in Connecticut where she teaches creative writing to youth and teens in Hartford.

Publications and Prizes

Adelaide Literary Magazine, Blackbird, Connotation Press, Contrary, Emerge Literary Journal, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Literary Mama, Postcard Shorts, Requited, Story South, The Ampersand Review
Searching Ana
(New School Chapbook Series, 2003)
Prizes Won: 
Pushcart Prize Nomination (short story "At the Auditorium")2008; Semi-Finalist in the Dana Awards for the Novel,(Searching Ana), 2010; Semi-finalist in Whidbey Writers Emerging Getaway Contest in Novel (2012) Winner of The New School Chapbook Award Series in Fiction,(judged by Dennis Cooper), 2004; Finalist Sarabande Books' Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, (judged by Joanna Scott),2003; Top 25 Winner in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest ("Life") 2003; Merit-based Fiction Writing Scholarship; MFA Program, The New School; 2000 Non-fiction Book: Limbu Folklore, Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi, India. 2004. (Field research from Nepal: collection and translation of oral folklore and photographs)

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Last updated: Nov 29, 2017